Last year’s Pirelli calendar shot by Annie Leibovitz broke from the tradition of featuring high-gloss, semi-nude photography fans had come to appreciate. The 2017 edition continues the evolution and elevation of the creativity with what’s possible on both sides of the lens. Famed photographer Peter Lindbergh captures 14 famous actresses absolutely free of any retouching that is now so commonplace. Captured in the monochromatic images are the likes of Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Ziyi Zhang, Helen Mirren, Alicia Vikander, Robin Wright, Léa Seydoux, Rooney Mara, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Charlotte Rampling, and Russian professor Anastasia Ignatova.
“They don’t fit in the climate at all, I think,” said Lindbergh of the colorless imagery at a press conference in Paris. “That’s the purpose of this: to say I don’t accept that image of beauty, which has been created by commercial interests, and to remind what beauty really is.”
He goes on to say, “In the time when women are represented in the media, in every way else, as ambassadors of perfection and youth, I thought it was important to remind everyone that there is a different beauty, more real and truthful, and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests. That is important, no? Beauty that speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself, and your very own sensibility. That’s my definition of a woman today. That is the goal of the calendar, to show that woman and not the stretched and manipulated [woman often shown in the media].”
The 2017 Pirelli calendar is only available to clients of the brand, but feel free to enjoy a preview of some of the images below.